Eurocopter has filed a lawsuit in Canada against Bell Helicopter alleging that the Texas company improperly used a patented landing-gear design on the Bell 429. According to Bell’s publicity, the 429 features an energy-attenuating sled-type landing gear. “Our lawyers are looking at the lawsuit,” a Bell spokesman told AIN.
Glenn Hess, a longtime Boeing and McDonnell Douglas senior executive, has been named president and COO of Bell Helicopter. He fills a hole in the senior staff vacated by John Murphey when he was promoted to chairman and CEO. Key to both Hess’ and Murphey’s success will be putting Bell’s troubled civil and military tiltrotor programs back on track.
Less than 30 sec before a Westwind 1124A crashed while on the VOR/DME-B approach to Taos (N.M.) Municipal Airport on November 8, controllers heard “mayday” four times in quick succession. Both pilots, the only ones aboard, were killed when the twinjet hit terrain after passing the initial approach fix. The accident occurred in day VMC.
Supply Chain Asia, a 12,000-member supply chain organization promoting the development of Asia’s supply chain and logistics sector, has awarded HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum the Supply Chain Visionary of the Year Award.
At Heli-Expo last year, Richard Millman had been president and CEO of Textron subsidiary Bell Helicopter for barely a month. This time around, he’s fully acclimated at the company. And now he’s making changes to take Bell into
the next decade, having announced a product line rationalization last month that will eliminate the Bell 206B3, 212, 427 and 430 helicopters from the company’s lineup by 2010. HAI Convention News
ISRAEL AIRCRAFT INDUSTRIES 1124A, TAOS, N.M., NOV. 8, 2002–The only occupants, both airline transport-rated pilots, of the Westwind were killed when the aircraft crashed on approach to Taos Municipal Airport (SKX). The accident occurred at approximately 2:57 p.m. after the Westwind passed the initial approach fix for the VOR/DME-B approach.
Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has added 200 production workers and is opening a new assembly line for the PT6T TwinPac, the engines that power the Bell 212 and 412, at its Saint-Hubert, Quebec plant. The Saint-Hubert facility will also continue to operate as a major overhaul and repair facility.
The National Air Transportation Association launched a risk-management program intended to halve ramp-related accidents over the next five years. The initiative includes a Web site for managing safety reporting and analysis, a fee-based ramp-safety audit, a video program on ramp communications and a seminar/training program.
Bell Helicopter last month officially opened its worldwide sales, support and training headquarters at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. The facility, originally built in 1999 for Galaxy Aerospace, will also serve as the delivery center and training school for the Bell/Agusta BA609 tiltrotor.
In perhaps a first for an NBAA Convention, Dan Cathy, president of Atlanta-based Chik-fil-A, yesterday morning opened a public meeting with a prayer. Some 250 attendees of the inaugural Aviation Leadership Breakfast, held in the Omni Hotel, quietly bowed their heads as Cathy said grace. Three hundred people had pre-registered for the breakfast, but several tables had empty seats.